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Obituary: Margot Stevenson, “The Lovely Margot Lane”

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News — Charlie Summers @ 10:58 pm

Anthony Tollin posted the following sad news to the OTR Digest:

Margot Stevenson passed away January 2nd. She would have been 99 on February 8th.

A major leading lady on Broadway, Margot Stevenson starred as Alice Sycamore in the original Broadway cast of the Pulitzer-winning YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, and also appeared in 17 other Broadway productions including STAGE DOOR and THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET. She also starred in a number of Warner Bros. films including CASTLE ON THE HUDSON, INVISIBLE STRIPES (alongside Bogart and Raft), SMASHING THE MONEY RING (sharing top billing with Ronald Reagan) and CALLING PHILO VANCE. She also did a lot of early television work.

Margot of course was the inspiration and namesake for “the lovely Margot Lane” on THE SHADOW, and played the role opposite Orson Welles in the 1938 Goodrich summer season (the only season that survives in its entirety).

Miss Stevenson was a stalwart of the Friends of Old-Time Radio convention, and was always very kind to those of us who spent time with her, answering any questions, and even signing autographs as you can see. She was one of the first radio stars I met the first year I attended the convention, and I will always be grateful for the kindness she showed. She was a class act.

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Obituary: Anne Francis dies at 80; costarred in ‘Forbidden Planet’

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 2:03 pm

From the Los Angeles Times: Obituary: Anne Francis dies at 80; costarred in the 1950s science-fiction classic ‘Forbidden Planet’

From the obituary: “Her career as a child model led to acting roles on the children’s radio shows ‘Let’s Pretend’ and ‘Coast-to-Coast on a Bus,’ and she then moved on to radio soap operas. In 1941, she also appeared on Broadway, playing Gertrude Lawrence as a child in ‘Lady in the Dark.’”

(*sigh*) Had she been well enough to attend the FOTR convention, I would have been able to hold a “One-On-One” with her. I still have a crush on Honey West…

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